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On the money: Hain expects continued organic gains

Hain Celestial, the US natural and organic food group, has indicated that it expects to drive continued organic growth in the coming year -...

On the money: Solid Lindt outpaces chocolate peers

Lindt & Sprungli, the upmarket Swiss chocolate group, today (19 August) underlined why it is a business seen as one of the better performers...

Analysis: Market bets on higher Chiquita offer

Chiquita Brands International has rejected a takeover approach from Brazilian juice maker Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group in f...

Flowers looks to soothe market after forecast cut

Shares in US bakery group Flowers Foods sank yesterday after it cut its earnings forecast for 2014 - but the company immediately sought to s...


Analysis: Why PZ Cussons could continue expansion in food 12 Aug 2014

Dean Best

UK consumer goods group PZ Cussons does the bulk of its business in areas like personal care and beauty but it has food interests in Africa and Australia - and in recent days it has added to its food stable with the acquisition of Australian yoghurt business Five:Am. Dean Best looks at PZ's expansion in food and discusses how much of a priority the sector is for the Carex handwash and Charles Worthington shampoo maker.


In the spotlight: What could be impact of Russia's embargo? 11 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

In a tit-for-tat move, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a year-long ban on on food imports from countries participating in the imposition of sanctions on Russia. Confident the country can be self-sufficient, Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have urged local producers to take advantage of the opportunity, and get their products on supermarket shelves. But are they up to the task? And what does this mean for global exporters to Russia? Hannah Abdulla reports.


What the analysts say: Nestle H1 cheers market 7 Aug 2014

Dean Best

Shares in Nestle closed up today (7 August) after the world's largest food maker reported underlying sales that beat analyst expectations. Nestle's stock would have been helped by news of a share buyback but analysts were broadly positive about the company's performance.


On the money: Mondelez faces trade resistance to price increases 6 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

Mondelez International lowered its sales outlook this morning (6 August) after the snack maker saw its top line come under pressure in the first-half, when retailers in Europe and Australasia reacted to price increases by delisting SKUs and suspending shipments.


On the money: Where will acquisitive Saputo find its next M&A target? 5 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

Canadian dairy group Saputo is continuing to examine further M&A opportunities even as it digests recent acquisitions including Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and the Atlantic Canada fluid-milk business of Scotsburn Cooperative Services. Katy Askew reports.


Analysis: URC's two-pronged strategy for NZ snacks firm Griffin's 5 Aug 2014

Dean Best

Universal Robina Corp. appears to have two main areas of focus for Griffin's Foods - launching the New Zealand snacks maker's products in south-east Asia and using the business's presence in Australia to enter that country's own-label business. Dean Best looks at the Philippines-based group's plans.


BRICs and beyond: How Mexico's obesity fight has turned to advertising 4 Aug 2014

Paula Krizanovic

Mexico is a country battling diet-related health problems. The nation's diabetes right is the highest among the members of the OECD. Last year, legislation was passed for a tax on high-calorie foods. Now, food manufacturers operating in Mexico have had restrictions placed on their advertising. Paula Krizanovic reports.


On the money: Kellogg still struggling with cereal 1 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Breakfast is still proving to be a challenge for Kellogg, which cut its forecasts for annual sales and earnings after reporting lower revenues and profits for the second quarter.


On the money: Pricing, promos pinch Kraft results 1 Aug 2014

Dean Best

Kraft Foods Group's moves to up prices on certain products - and a step-up in its promotional activity in other areas - combined to put pressure on the US food company's results in the first half of the year.


On the money: India's ITC sets out FMCG ambition 31 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Indian conglomerate ITC this week reported losses from its FMCG arm, as well as a slowdown in sales, but the company's has big ambitions for its consumer goods business.


Sustainability Watch: Ceres' latest report on food 30 Jul 2014

Ben Cooper

Gaining Ground, a report produced by sustainability thinktank Ceres and investment analysts Sustainalytics, compares the performance of 613 US companies and looks at comparative performance across different sectors. Ben Cooper asked Andrea Moffat, vice president of the corporate programme at Ceres and author of the report, how the food and beverage sector is faring.


Analysis: The opportunities for FMCG from Dollar Tree's move for Family Dollar 30 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Customer consolidation, of course, can present challenges and US grocery manufacturers, so keen to up their presence in dollar stores, may have frowned a little at news two dollar chains, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Stores, are set to combine. However, the deal could give the savvy manufacturer an opportunity or two.


On the money: Steady as she goes as Danone denies strategy overhaul 25 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

French dairy giant Danone has insisted it is not mulling a radical overhaul of strategy as it battles issues at its European dairy and Asian early life nutrition businesses.


On the money: Unilever NPD shifting food into category growth spots 25 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Unilever hopes to rejuvenate its lacklustre food sales in developed markets by using innovation to move its brands into the growth spots of its mature categories.


On the money: Hershey CEO: NPD pipeline will offset pricing volume drag 25 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Hershey has expressed confidence its planned innovation pipeline will deliver growth in the longer term, even if its latest price increase may hit volumes initially.


Focus: Sticky issues remain in EU-US free trade talks 24 Jul 2014

Andrew Byrne

European food manufacturers welcomed progress on a transatlantic free trade deal at a meeting of negotiators and business leaders in Brussels last week. However, the EU food sector also took the opportunity to warn that US non-tariff barriers need scrapping to enable exporters to take full advantage of an agreement. Andrew Byrne reports.


On the money: Bimbo forecasts US volume recovery 24 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo, after seeing underlying sales volumes in the US come under pressure during the first six months of the year, has predicted improvement in the second half.


In the spotlight: Progress but Campbell faces critical questions 23 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Campbell Soup Co., the US-based food group, is a business that has, in recent years, attempted to reshape its portfolio more towards faster-growing categories. And, with growth from its core operations still below the company's targets, the signs are it is ready to take more action. However, with further expansion comes choices, Dean Best writes.


On the money: Can Premier build H2 sales momentum? 22 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc has faced challenging conditions and weak sales in the first six months of the year. However, CEO Gavin Darby believes that a jump in the UK group's marketing investment and the roll-out of new products in the back half of the year will reverse its fortunes. Katy Askew reports.


On the move: What's in store from Tesco's new CEO? 21 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke is to step down from the UK retailer, with the announcement made this morning (21 July) alongside another profit warning. Clarke will be replaced by Unilever executive Dave Lewis in October. While investors have responded positively to the news, manufacturers doing business in the UK may be waiting with baited breath to see if Lewis will respond to Tesco's strategic problems by extending its price focus. Katy Askew reports.


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